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Service update: Monday 20th September 2021. All recycling collections, including pink sack and glass collections are back on this week starting with Wickford on Monday 20 September.

Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst services have been disrupted. Please remember to put out your sacks on your usual collection day and note that the Barleylands Recycling Centre has returned to its normal opening times.

Buildings Insurance For Right To Buy Leaseholders

Right to Buy leaseholders must have buildings insurance in place to cover the cost of rebuild or repairs if their property is damaged or destroyed by an insured peril such as fire or flood etc.

Right to Buy leasehold properties all require buildings insurance

Right to Buy leasehold properties all require buildings insurance to ensure the cost of rebuild and repairs is guaranteed if an insured peril occurs, such as a house fire or flood.

Most lease agreements state that the buildings insurance must be provided by Basildon Council. There are however a small number of leasehold properties where the buildings insurance IS NOT provided by Basildon Council and in these cases it is the responsibility of the homeowner to arrange a satisfactory buildings insurance policy.

Leasehold properties for which buildings insurance IS provided by Basildon Council

The majority of leaseholders have their buildings insurance included in the quarterly service charge. These policies are arranged through Zurich Insurance PLC and are renewed automatically on the 1st April each year.

Leaseholders who do not pay a service charge and leaseholders who choose to join the Council's buildings insurance scheme will receive an annual invoice each May.

The premium charged is based on the sum insured and includes Insurance Premium Tax.

The sum insured of each property is based on rebuild costs rather than market value and can be reviewed if a leaseholder feels it does not currently reflect a realistic figure.

 Policy documents

To make a buildings insurance claim on a policy provided by Basildon Council

To make a claim on the Buildings Insurance Policy contact Zurich Insurance PLC:

Informing us of changes in your circumstances

Important: To ensure your policy remains valid you must inform us of any changes in your circumstances. Failure to inform us of any change in your circumstances could affect the validity of your insurance cover. For example you should inform us of any the following circumstances:

  • You leave your home unoccupied for more than 30 days
  • If your property is let
  • Unoccupied / forwarding address
  • Changes to your rebuild sum insured.

If your leasehold property is LET or left UNOCCUPIED

If your property is let or unoccupied then exclusions to your cover will apply. Please refer to the Policy Booklet for details

Leasehold properties for which buildings insurance IS NOT provided by Basildon Council

In leasehold properties for which buildings insurance IS NOT provided by Basildon Council it is the responsibility of the home owner to make certain an adequate policy is in place to guarantee the cost of rebuild or repairs to the property should an insured peril occur, such as a house fire or flood.

An up to date copy of the buildings insurance policy must be submitted to the Council's Insurance Team every year when the policy has been renewed.  Failure to provide an up to date copy of the buildings insurance policy will result in the property being added to the Council's policy and the lessee charged accordingly.

Alternatively, you can choose to join the Council's buildings insurance policy, to obtain a quote please contact the Insurance Team with the rebuild sum insured for your property.

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